Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
A writer, a leader, a spokesperson, an activist, a daughter, and warrior woman... Donna Donore is shouting loud:
Born and raised in the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Ms. Donore is a Moorish Southern Italian Woman and proud of it. "I am a student and admirer of African, African American and Haitian history," she says. With fire in her belly, and information hanging on her hip like John Wayne's gun, this woman inspires others to seek truth, stand up for humanity, and live a life remembering that we all share the same sky.
"I could what you do, EASY! Believe me
Frontin' niggaz gives me heebe-geebes
So while you imitatin' Al Capone
I be Nina Simone and defecating on your microphone"
— Lauryn Hill, "Ready or Not"
Sunday, March 30, 2008
What I didn't know as a little one was that the the guidelines formed the basis for the school lunch program and other federal nutrition programs impacting hospitals, nursing homes, the military and everyday consumers; and the $500 billion food industry is vitally concerned with how that chart looks.
With society's growing knowledge of personal health and well-being and the shift toward "eating to live," in 2005 the USDA made changes and MyPyramid was born. In a departure from the food guide pyramid, no foods are pictured on the MyPyramid logo itself. Instead, colored vertical bands represent different food groups. Additionally, the logo emphasizes physical activity by showing a person climbing steps. The food guide pyramid gave recommendations measured in "serving sizes," which some people found confusing. MyPyramid gives its recommendations in cups, ounces, and other measures. The food guide pyramid gave a single set of specific recommendations for all people. In contrast, MyPyramid has 12 sets of possible recommendations.
This had food industry folk in a frenzy. The slightest change in the recommendations can mean enormous increases in sales or calamitous drops in profits. The Dairy Council lobbies for an increase in the daily recommendations for dairy products while the American Millers’ Association and the U.S. Potato Board defend their economic interests against the low-carbohydrate craze. Similarly, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association, the Snack Food Association, the California Walnut Board, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, and many more are burn the midnight oil, shake some hands, and sign sweetheart deals to insure their place in the food industry's version of The Wire.
Unsurprisingly, the recommended intake of 5 or more cups daily of fruits and vegetables is more than double the World Health Organization recommendation of 400g (about 0.9 lb.) and considerably greater than the UK's National Health Service recommendations.
Interestingly, Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, one of the world’s leading nutrition scientists and his colleagues designed their own pyramid. Based entirely on the scientific evidence, Harvard’s health pyramid It also recommends the regular consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, or spirits) for all adults unless there is good reason for them not to drink. (Ha!) The Healthy Eating Pyramid places exercise at the foundation, with a multi-vitamin and "white" foods included in its dietary shuffle.
So... there's the Vegan Food Pyramid, the Vegetarian Food Pyramid, Cultural/Ethnic Food Guide Pyramids, and on and on.
As an Architect of Rebellion in the Hood, I'd say get brain food, get spiritual food, drink water, pray over your meal (making sure to thank all the hands who made it possible for you to eat and requesting your cells and systems be still to insure the highest level of nutritional intake), eat that which gives you long lasting energy and was prepared with care and love for YOU, get your Qi (Ch'i) up, spend time with the kids, and identify your purpose.
Ahhh, but what do I know?!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same—everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another's existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same—people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world." —pg 181, 1984
Geekologie.com: CRACK DEAL CAUGHT ON GOOGLE MAPS, March 25, 2008
Allegedly this is a picture of a crack deal caught using the "Street View" feature on Google Maps. It's in Chicago. Now why everyone is jumping to the conclusion that this is some kind of drug deal is beyond me. I'm sure there's a logical explanation for the picture that doesn't involve illicit substances, and I think this is it: Somebody was lost, and pulled over for directions. The guy in the picture there knows the area really well, so he provided significant help. The driver was so happy about this that they tipped the man graciously with a handful of cash. See? Perfect sense. It's just a good Samaritan being handsomely rewarded. For selling the best rocks in Chicago.
See the real close-up picture of the deal after the jump.
"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." —pg 61, 1984 (referring the Proles)
Friday, March 21, 2008
Video was shot and directed by Jason Goldwatch on location in Haiti and South Africa.
"Christ feed the multitude with only one loaf of bread
poor people there is something for you
don't let the pressures of the system get up on your head
poor people there is something for you
mankind care not for his sisters anymore
still there is something for you
written in the book of life
we shall live forever more
there will be something for..."
thank you Damian!
Ripped off Lichiban Blossom's Blog.
WHAT'S THAT I HEAR?...
we represent Illadelph
we're still rebelling
GOTTA GET ONE!
"75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)," directed by Rik Cordero... again
WHAT'S THAT I HEAR?...
I'm a rebel
must stay paid